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New beginnings in dentistry

Here is my client Dr. Nigel Olesen (and my big yellow car), outside his newly acquired premises in Oxford. They may not look fabulous at the moment – but wait and see! I’ve worked with Nigel as a client for over 6 years and have seen his implant referral practice grow from strength to strength. Nigel is a great guy who loves golf, fishing, shooting, his Lotus and the delivery of world-class clinical skills to his patients. I enjoy his company and the way his mind works. After literally years of searching, he has finally found a location in central Oxford and completes (fingers crossed) on the purchase later this week. He plans to move premises to a brand new “state of the art” facility early in 2007 and on Monday I was invited down to:

  1. Facilitate a team meeting to consider, decide and act upon the marketing campaign that will launch the new business;

  2. Walk around the bare premises with a piece of chalk and mark on the floor which rooms will be where;

  3. Discuss with Nigel his overall business strategy for the next 3 years

Although this isn’t a profitable day by the standards of workshops and “gigs” – I loved it. I get such a buzz out of being involved in start-up projects like this one – and I look forward to a “grand opening” sometime next year, when Nigel’s vision has become his reality. One of those days when being a business coach is a blast. I am delighted to receive my daily dose of inspiration from Story People:

Often, I write all day long with white ink on white paper, late into the night, until it is all I can do to feel the letters curving to earth from the tip of the pen & then, I fall asleep. Dreaming of running, or maybe driving in a car the color of water & I wake the next day remembering nothing & I gather the stack of paper & a pen of black on the desk in front of me & the words begin to dance over the page like long legged insects across a still lake & the words in white whisper behind & underneath the new day. If there is any secret to this life I live, this is it: the sound of what cannot be seen sings within everything that can. & there is nothing more to it than that.
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